In Today’s Deep Space Extra… President Trump wrapped up a Cabinet meeting Thursday with a tribute to U.S. rocket makers. Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot testifies before House Space Subcommittee about NASA’s proposed 2019 budget. China reveals broad plans for a new human spacecraft, whose destinations include deep space as well as a new space station. Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, anticipates new commercial space activity. Denver area awaits FAA decision on commercial spaceport license.
Vice President Pence made several statements yesterday about NASA’s return to the moon with commercial partners, including a call out to the Space Launch System and Orion crew vehicle and the thousands of jobs supported by the space industry. “The U.S. is keeping highly skilled jobs and advancing us in the #NextFrontier”. Links here: Tweet 1, Tweet 2, Tweet 3
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Trump praises commercial space at Cabinet meeting
Space News (3/9): Near the end of a 20-minute session with the media during a Cabinet meeting, Trump discussed commercial spaceflight, prompted by the presence of models of several launch vehicles, including United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 and SpaceX’s Falcon 9, on the table. The status of the National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike ...